History in Stone: the Work of The Victorian Historical Memorials Committee

Rula Paterson

Abstract


In the early twentieth century a self appointed Melbourne based committee, the Victorian Historical Memorials Committee, negotiated with Victorian cities, towns, shires and boroughs to install stone cairns dedicated to inland exploration in their public space. Many of the built cairns still exist in Victoria yet the process to install the cairns sparked local opposition, struggle and sometimes outright rejection. This article focuses on the committee’s first undertaking in Gippsland, and the unveiling ceremonies, which were conducted in 1927.

*WINNER OF THE 2015 GREG DENING MEMORIAL PRIZE*

Keywords


Memorials;Australian history;exploration;twentieth century

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